About Me

I’ve failed retirement yet again. I had a fixed-term 4 month placement in late 2017 with Sustainability Victoria establishing community energy projects in Gippsland. It was terrific and I loved it, but with SV making a full-time ongoing appointment in December of that year, I was able to resume happy retirement.

But! The Executive Officer of the Western Port Biosphere Foundation, one of Australia’s nine UNESCO Biospheres, was retiring in late 2018 and I’d long looked on at the Biosphere, thinking that there was a lot could be done with the UNESCO brand in balancing conservation and development in the Western Port region. I went down and told the Board what I reckoned they should do – and they called my bluff. “You come and do it then”, they said. It was a case of put up or shut up and the latter isn’t my strong point. So here I am, Executive Officer of the Western Port Biosphere Foundation, working part-time with a small team based in Hastings conducting projects that explore how we can meet human needs without buggering the environment on which we and all other species depend.

Before then, I’d had 10 years at the helm of the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance where we conducted projects in both mitigation and adaptation on behalf of our region of councils.

Prior to that, I worked in education, public policy and programs and in environmental activism.

It’s not as though all of my time now is my own, but the choice regarding how I spend it is. I am a Board Member of the John Cain Foundation, a progressive policy-influencing think-tank following the precepts of one of Victoria’s great Premiers John Cain. Our luncheon meetings are on the third Wednesday of each month – check the program at johncainfoundation.com.au

Until recently I was a member of a Ministerial Advisory Committee, the Central Coastal Board, and of Regional Development Australia’s Southern Melbourne Committee, one of 55 committees across the nation that develops the evidence base for and makes recommendations about regional development to state and federal governments. I also stepped down as a Trustee of the Caroline Chisholm Education Foundation, providing scholarships to students such that education can offer more broadly the life-transforming opportunities of learning to students who otherwise couldn’t afford further education at Chisholm TAFE.

I am conducting bird walks and talks around Melbourne, reviewing and evaluating interpretation programs for ecotourism agencies, I am presenting addresses to schools on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, to Probus groups on the environmental policies that we need  and I’m running quiz nights for community social groups. In between these activities, I step out across this wide brown land to add to my life list of Australian birds, currently sitting on 660 species.

Curriculum Vitæ

Contact me via this website for a copy of my Curriculum Vitae and we can see if our interests align.

Latest Blog Posts

Daily Links Nov 28

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Daily Links Nov 26

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Daily Links Nov 25

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Daily Links Nov 24

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Daily Links Nov 23

Do you remember, Australia had a carbon tax until 2013? We don’t now. When the EU puts a tax on carbon in production processes and materials and does deals that …